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Japan | 10 October 2017
Yanmar-Konica Minolta venture pushes automation of nation’s agriculture

Farm equipment manufacturer Yanmar Co. and precision equipment maker Konica Minolta Inc. are pushing the automation of Japan’s agriculture amid an aging and decreasing farming population. The two c...


Japan | 6 October 2017
Japan's embassies, consulates to help push agriculture exports

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will direct diplomatic outposts to prepare monthly accounts outlining the local state of Japanese farm products as part of the government's efforts to boost exports...


Japan | 22 September 2017
Toyota applies famed management system to agriculture

Toyota Motor Corp. is using its globally renowned manufacturing management system to improve farmers’ efficiency. Nabehachi Nousan Co., a farming corporation in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, has adopte...


Japan | 22 September 2017
Japan to open more agriculture jobs to foreign trainees

Japan will offer workers from overseas on-the-job training in processing agricultural goods, seeking to relieve a labor shortage for employers that increasingly handle aspects of the farming business ...


Japan | 18 September 2017
Why a loss for Japanese farms is a win for Brexit Britain

The Japanese, like other nations, have long placed food and farming at the heart of their traditional culture. They have long regarded rice, especially, with a semi-mystical reverence, performing a wh...


Japan | 18 August 2017
Japan raises tariffs for beef imports, NZ to lose out to Australia

Japan will be a less lucrative beef market for New Zealand after it lifted its tariff rates on frozen product from 38.5 to 50 per cent. The rates were raised because of an increase in the amount of...


Japan | 10 August 2017
Tech-savvy farmers a new hope for Japan's shrinking agriculture sector

A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers are transforming Japan's shrinking agriculture sector with cutting edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in ...


Japan | 9 August 2017
New farm minister not interested in rethink of U.S. beef import curbs

Ken Saito, newly appointed minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, says he is not considering rethinking the country’s safeguard emergency import restriction system for beef, which has been c...


Japan | 27 July 2017
Japan to hike tariffs on frozen beef imports from U.S.

Japan will raise tariffs on frozen beef imports from the United States and some other countries to protect domestic producers against a surge in imports, local media reported on Thursday. Tariffs o...


Japan | 7 July 2017
Japan-EU trade deal grates on U.S. cheese plans

Forget sushi. The Japanese may soon be ringing up more pizzas. A new trade deal with the European Union will make it cheaper for Japan to import dairy products. That means mozzarella from Italy, f...


Japan | 22 June 2017
Japan may set tariff-free quota for EU beef under EPA

Japan is considering setting a tariff-free import quota for beef from European Union member states, as requested by the EU in the two sides’ negotiations on an economic partnership agreement for free ...


Japan | 22 May 2017
Japan to prune taxes in hopes of growing farm business

The Japanese government is moving to cut taxes on operators of high-tech indoor farms to encourage more businesses to enter the sector and turn "smart agriculture" into a growth industry. Under cur...


Japan | 16 May 2017
Japanese agriculture firms attract young crops

University students and other young people are showing more interest in careers in agriculture, spurred by a recent increase in agricultural corporations, where even people who are not from farming fa...


Japan | 16 May 2017
New Japanese tech makes growing vegetables possible in any environment

In a tiny room inside the Mebiol Research and Development Center, a little over an hour outside of Tokyo, baby Kos lettuce leaves are growing in a tray under magenta-coloured lights. On another shelf,...


Japan | 15 March 2017
USTR pick Lighthizer signals push to further open Japan agriculture market

Robert Lighthizer, nominee for U.S. trade representative, indicated that the United States will push Japan to further open its agriculture sector in planned bilateral negotiations. “I would list, o...


Japan | 10 March 2017
Are indoor farms the next step in the evolution of agriculture in Japan?

You’ve probably heard of farm-to-table, or even farm-to-fork, agricultural movements that emphasize the connection between producers and consumers. But what about factory farm-to-table? Spread, a g...


Japan | 8 March 2017
Is Wagyu the world's most overrated steak?

Wagyu from Japan is often held up as the best beef in the world. The meat is tender as the night. It’s so soft, steak knives are optional. Its marbled fat dissolves into a buttery flavor so rich it...


Japan | 8 March 2017
Fleets of drones could pollinate future crops in Japan

Eijiro Miyako gets emotional about the decline of honeybees. “We need pollination,” he says. “If that system is collapsed, it’s terrible.” Insects, especially bees, help pollinate both food crop...


Japan | 5 March 2017
Japan eyes tripling number of nationals working at U.N. food and agriculture body

The government plans to triple the number of Japanese working at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)to signal its engagement in providing agricultural aid to developing countries, a gover...


Japan | 6 February 2017
Japan flu scare: 71,000 chickens slaughtered

Almost 71,000 chickens have been slaughtered at a poultry farm in south-western Japan after an outbreak of bird flu. Hundreds of local officials, including 70 soldiers, started culling the chickens...


Japan | 12 December 2016
Asia digs deep to upgrade its agriculture

Consider it a wake-up call from nature. Asian crops were devastated by a severe drought this year, highlighting the urgent need to stabilise farm output and brace for the consequences of climate chang...


Japan | 8 December 2016
A new crop of farmers is revitalizing Japanese agriculture

Driving along a mountain road flanked by lush foliage in Japan's central Yamanashi Prefecture, a huge greenhouse suddenly comes into view, sparkling brilliantly in the sun. The facility may look like ...


Japan | 5 December 2016
Niigata completes culling of 540,000 birds at flu-hit poultry farms

Culling of a total of around 540,000 birds was completed at poultry farms in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata on Sunday as the nation continued to battle the outbreak of a highly virulent H5 st...


Japan | 1 December 2016
Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said. The highly virulent H5 str...


Japan | 29 November 2016
Should we bet the farm on Ag Robots?

The average age of farmers in Japan is 67, and life expectancy in the country is 83. With young Japanese moving to cities and birth rates declining, no new generation of farmers is on the horizon. But...


Japan | 1 November 2016
Why chocolate-fed wagyu is the new luxury beef

For steak lovers, some key markers of top quality beef often include the terms organic and grass-fed. But according to an Australian cattle farmer at Mayura Station, the new luxury beef is full-blood ...


Japan | 7 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan’s milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry, one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’...


Japan | 5 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan's milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry -- one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japa...


Japan | 28 September 2016
2 companies pioneering purchases of Japanese farmland

Photo album giant Nakabayashi and home remodeler Sanyo Amnak will become the first businesses to buy Japanese farmland under a new strategic zone regulation aimed at raising agricultural productivity....


Japan | 24 August 2016
Is Japan's wagyu beef bubble bound to burst?

Bad news for high-end beef lovers: Japan’s Wagyu bubble could be on the verge of bursting. Prized Wagyu calves are currently fetching wildly inflated prices, says Nikkei Asian Review, and "If sky-high...